Decision time looms in politics of FIFA reform
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GENEVA (AP) - Soccer leaders will work secretively over two days in their first session of 2013 in a conclave at FIFA headquarters this week.
The FIFA Executive Committee led by Sepp Blatter governs a sport followed in many countries with near-religious fervor. Known in FIFA circles as the "ExCo,'' the group of 23 men and 1 woman oversees a billion dollar annual income and $1.3 billion cash reserves thanks to the World Cup.
The ExCo members' influence was shown by the parade of princes, presidents and prime ministers who flocked to Zurich in December 2010 seeking votes for their country to be allowed to host a World Cup.